Category: Biden administration

Palestinian-American doctor walks out of White House meeting over handling of Gaza war

Thaer Ahmad, a Palestinian American doctor, said he walked out of a meeting at the White House Tuesday evening over President Biden’s handling of war in Gaza. Ahmad, an emergency medicine physician who worked in Gaza in January, said he showed up to a stakeholder meeting at the White House, which was set up in place of a Ramadan celebration. Attendees insisted that there shouldn’t…

Biden signs government funding bills to avoid partial shutdown

President Biden signed the government spending legislation to keep an array of federal departments open Friday, as lawmakers turn their focus to the remaining appropriations bills. Biden signed the $460 billion package of six spending bills, which passed the Senate earlier Friday. The package funds military construction, water development and the departments of Veterans Affairs, Agriculture, Commerce, Justice, Energy, Interior, Transportation, and Housing and Urban…

US asked China and India for help to prevent Russia from carrying out a nuclear strike in 2022, report says

Russia’s President Vladimir Putin. Artem Geodakyan/POOL/AFP via Getty Images The US sought the help of non-allies to try to dissuade Russia from carrying out a nuclear strike in 2022. The US feared a Ukrainian counteroffensive against Kherson could trigger Putin. US officials told CNN that input from India and China may have had an effect on Russia’s thinking.  The US asked non-allies for help in…

White House officials to embark on post-State of the Union travel blitz

Biden administration officials are kicking off a two-week travel blitz next week to sell President Biden’s accomplishments and draw a contrast with former President Trump, the likely GOP nominee. The White House previewed more than two dozen trips over the course of March from various Cabinet officials and top aides to the president. Their travel will coincide with planned campaign stops by Biden to swing…

1 in 6 children malnourished in northern Gaza: UN

A growing number of children in Gaza are “acutely malnourished,” and isolated in the northern part of the territory, as Israel pushes forward with expanding its military operations in the region, according to a study by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) The report, published this week by the Global Nutrition Cluster — an aid partnership led by UNICEF — found one in six children…

Most Americans believe Biden admin doing a bad job handling influx of migrants: Pew

Most Americans believe that the Biden administration is doing a bad job handling the current influx of migrants into the U.S., according to data released Friday by Pew Research Center. Eighty percent of Americans said that the U.S. government is doing a “very good” or “somewhat bad” job when it comes to “dealing with the large number of migrants seeking to enter the U.S. at…

Democrats press Biden administration to expand efforts to help Americans, families leave Gaza

A group of Democratic and independent senators are calling on the Biden administration to change its policies to allow more Americans and their families to depart Gaza, as fighting between Israel and Palestinian militant group Hamas rages on in the enclave. In a Feb. 13 letter to State Department Secretary Antony Blinken and Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, the 16 senators asked for the eligibility…

Biden to travel to East Palestine to mark one year of train derailment

President Biden will travel to East Palestine on Feb. 16, a little more than a year a since the derailment of a Norfolk Southern train carrying toxic chemicals near the town. “[T]he President will travel to East Palestine, Ohio to discuss how the Administration is continuing to work with state and local officials to hold Norfolk Southern accountable and support the community as it moves…

White House memo signals Republicans’ attacks on Biden’s memory show ‘they’re afraid’

A new White House memo says Republicans’ attacks on President Biden’s memory show that they are “afraid.” “President Biden also led Democrats to the best midterm elections for a new incumbent in over 60 years, and to a string of other wins in 2023,” White House spokesperson Andrew Bates said in the Saturday memo. “These are historic accomplishments that President Biden was uniquely capable of…

White House to GOP: Failed Mayorkas impeachment effort was ‘waste of time’

The White House on Tuesday called the Republican effort to impeach Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas “a waste of time” and a “political stunt” after the House vote failed. The vote failed in an embarrassing fashion for Republicans on Tuesday evening, as three members joined Democrats to vote against impeachment. The 214-216 vote was a loss for Republicans, who argued Mayorkas violated immigration laws by failing to…

Lindsey Graham blasts the timing of the Biden administration’s retaliatory strikes on Iran-linked targets: ‘They’re not afraid of us’

Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina. AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein Lindsey Graham called out Biden’s strategy to deter Iran-linked groups in the Middle East. “If the goal is to deter Iran, you’re failing miserably,” Graham told Fox News on Sunday. Nearly 40 people were killed by the US airstrikes, according to Reuters. Sen. Lindsey Graham on Sunday criticized the timing of the Biden administration’s retaliatory strikes…

Al Gore: Trump supporters are using him ‘as a vehicle’ to express their anger

Former Vice President Al Gore said Democrats should respect former President Trump’s supporters, suggesting they’re just using him “as a vehicle” to express their anger. Gore, who served as President Clinton’s No. 2 until 2001, told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour Saturday that his followers are merely utilizing the former president’s White House bid to project dissatisfaction with the way the country is heading, particularly the economy….

What to know about wave of deadly US strikes in Middle East 

In the past 24 hours, the U.S. military has hit more than 100 targets across Iraq, Syria and Yemen, striking Iranian-backed proxies that have ramped up their own attacks on U.S. troops in the region since October.  Washington began late Friday with major airstrikes on more than 85 targets across seven locations in Iraq and Syria, a response to a drone strike in Jordan that…

Mulvaney commends Biden for ‘relatively effective’ decision to launch retaliatory strikes

Former White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney commended President Biden for the “relatively effective” decision to launch retaliatory strikes Friday after three U.S. military members were killed in an attack by Iran last week. “You can be critical of the way they’ve handled the Iran nuclear deal. You can be critical of the way they’ve allowed Iran to build up their foreign currency reserves….

Mayorkas says the migrant surge isn’t the result of early Biden moves: ‘People leave their homes because of the conditions...

Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas. STEFANI REYNOLDS/AFP via Getty Images Alejandro Mayorkas in a recent interview said the migrant surge isn’t because of early Biden moves. “I think that people leave their homes because of the conditions under which they suffer,” he told the Times. House Republicans, who’ve long clashed with Mayorkas, are pushing to impeach him from his position. Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas…

Bolton pushes US to strike Iran directly to ‘send a message’

Former national security adviser John Bolton urged the Biden administration to authorize strikes in Iran directly, so it can “send a message.” In an interview with CBS News’ Catherine Herridge, Bolton said the retaliatory strikes fired by the U.S. military on Friday were the “right thing to do” but also said he doesn’t “think it will be enough.” “They have declared a red line against…

Former RNC chair urges lawmakers in both parties to ‘take the win’ on tentative border deal

Michael Steele, the former chair of the Republican National Committee, urged lawmakers on both sides of the aisle to “take the win” in the tentative border deal as negotiations continue and uncertainty remains on whether the bipartisan bill will pass. “Take the win. Take the win. This is a moment that, you know, when you stop and think about it is very clarifying. Democrats and…

Your salary history can hold you back from making more money throughout your career. Biden wants to ban it.

U.S. first lady Jill Biden speaks before U.S. President Joe Biden finishes signed a presidential memorandum that will establish the first-ever White House Initiative on Women’s Health Research November 13, 2023 in Washington, DC. Also pictured (L-R) OMB Director Shalanda Young, Gender Policy Council Director Jen Klein, and Maria Shriver. Win McNamee/Getty Images The Biden administration is taking new actions to cut down on federal…

DeSantis claims proposed border deal is just a ‘farce’

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) slammed the proposed border deal and criticized President Biden for not stopping “the invasion” in Saturday comments. “This border deal is a farce. Joe Biden already has the authority to shut the border down. He could declare it a national emergency,” DeSantis said in a video posted to X, the platform formerly known as Twitter. “He could stop the invasion…

Alaska Republican hits Biden over pause on natural gas exports: ‘Makes no sense’

Sen. Dan Sullivan (R-Alaska) criticized President Biden for his decision to pause approvals of some natural gas export facilities, saying the announcement “makes no sense.” “Once again, they are letting the far left and John Kerry, can’t wait until he leaves the White House by the way, drive policies that make no sense and this one actually makes no sense in any way shape or…

Naomi Biden says Fox’s Jesse Watters crossed a line

Naomi Biden, the granddaughter of President Biden, decried Fox News host Jesse Watters over a monologue he delivered earlier this week attacking the president for his posture on immigration and issues related to the southern border. “I have heard so many lies about my family, it takes a lot to make me upset. This crosses the line,” Biden wrote late Wednesday night on X, the…